Fresh Carmichael approval stirs outrage
“The project has been approved under national environment law subject to 36 strict conditions”, Australia’s environment ministry said on its website.
Hunt said the reissued environmental permit imposed conditions including improving the habitat of an endangered finch, protecting groundwater and providing A$1 million for conservation research. Mr. Hunt approved the mining project a year ago, but it was overturned because of what the environment department described as a “technical, administrative” issue.
The federal government reapproved Adani Group’s plans for a major coal mine and rail line in eastern Australia, injecting momentum into a multibillion-dollar project that had snagged on environmental concerns and the global commodity price slump.
In early August of this year, the approval granted by the Minister in July 2014 was partially set aside, following consent orders of the Federal Court to address a legal technicality in the approval process arising from a technical error on the part of the Environment Department.
The Carmichael Mine and NGBR lie at the heart of Adani’s plans to build a long-term future with Queensland.
Environment groups are up in arms over a “grossly irresponsible” federal government decision to reapprove to the controversial Carmichael mine project.
Mr Hunt said he visited the site with the previous chair of the IESC and “fully incorporated her suggestions in the approval conditions”.
Twenty-three conditions have been attached to the rail project through the Galilee Basin.
“This coal mine is the dumbest, most risky and uneconomic development in Australia”, GetUp! senior campaigner Sam Regester said.
State Development and Mines Minister Anthony Lynham has welcomed the latest approval for the Adani mine saying the Galilee Basin projects would help thousands of jobs.
Ms Roberts said that with “fictitious” jobs figures by Adani (initial projections of 10,000 jobs have been shown to in fact be fewer than 1500) and global markets backing away from coal, Mr Hunt should have backed away from the project.
Australia’s largest proposed coal mine has been given another green light, but conservationists are seething at what the government claims is “possibly the most exhaustive environmental assessment” in the country’s history.
The Australian Marine Conservation Society feared for the health of the Great Barrier Reef due to increased dredging and shipping.
Mackay Conservation Group launched legal action in January 2015, challenging Minister Hunt’s approval of the Carmichael megamine on three grounds: that climate impacts were not considered, that Adani’s poor environmental record was ignored, and that the Minister failed to consider the impact of the mine on two vulnerable species.
“At a time when the world is desperately seeking cleaner energy options this huge new coal mine will make the effort to combat climate change all the more hard”, ACF president Geoff Cousins said.